The fruity and creative beers take the form of beermosas, wine hybrids, sours and hazy IPAs – all found at your local craft brewery
B.C.’s craft breweries are releasing the perfect drinks just in time for summer celebrations – in the form of 50+ new summer-inspired beers! Many of these beers are special, limited edition releases, and some are only available at the breweries themselves. But now that travel restrictions have been lifted it’s OK to explore the province to visit breweries in other communities. Road trip anyone?!?
Plan your next getaway using the BC Ale Trail and be sure to download the app so that you can collect reward points at all the breweries you visit and then redeem them for prizes and discounts.
Most B.C. breweries have outdoor patios or picnic spaces to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. And many cities and municipalities also allow beer consumption in certain parks and/or beaches making it easy to include craft beer in a picnic.
B.C.’s creative brewers used a wide variety of ingredients and techniques to create these summer beers: berries and fruits are featured in many of the beers; sours and hazy IPAs continue to be popular; and many are lower-alcohol styles, ideal for enjoying in the summer sunshine.
Some of these beers are also raising funds for good causes, making them even more enticing.
So, gather your friends for a much-needed get-together to celebrate new freedoms. Check out the BC Ale Trail’s blog for the full list, or sample the selection of 16 different brews from nine craft breweries below for starters!
Three summer selects from Barnside Brewing:
Summer Days Farmhouse Saison (4.2% ABV)
A mixed fermentation saison brewed with wheat malt and Barnside’s own farm-grown barley malt and hops.
Westham Island Strawberry Sour (4.4% ABV)
This berrylicious sour ale was brewed with more than 500kg of strawberries freshly harvested from Emma Lea Farms on Westham Island.
Beermosa (4% ABV)
This sour-based, mimosa-style beer has an effervescent, champagne-like character with a juicy citrus kick.
Barnside Brewing can be found on the New West, Delta, Surrey & Richmond Ale Trail.
Dagvar Czech Lager by Dageraad Brewing (3.8% ABV)
Clean and crisp with peppery notes and a subtle biscuit layer, the Czech Saaz hops are balanced, offering a gentle herbal character with minimal bitterness, all with a dry finish.
Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby will soon be added to the BC Ale Trail.
Sun Rider Tangerine Session Ale by Foamers’ Folly Brewing (5% ABV | 17 IBU)
A refreshing, juicy, and distinctly citrus-forward session ale with dry-hop character and mild bitterness.
Foamers’ Folly Brewing can be found on the Maple Ridge Ale Trail.
Two summer beers from Five Roads Brewing:
Serenity Now Hazy IPA (6% ABV | 30 IBU)
Light and fruity, dry hopped with Sabro and El Dorado hops providing coconut and pineapple notes.
Double Whammy Passionfruit Mango Sour (5 ABV | 4 IBU)
Tart and bursting with mango and passionfruit.
Five Roads Brewing can be found on the Fraser Valley Ale Trail.
North Coast Trail Ale by Longwood Brewery (5% ABV | 26 IBU)
This beer is a special collaboration between Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo and the Scarlet Ibis Pub in Holberg, the northernmost pub on Vancouver Island. It is a fundraiser with 25¢ from every can sold going towards making Cape Scott Provincial Park and the North Coast Trail even better.
Longwood Brewery can be found on the Vancouver Island Ale Trail Part 1.
Queen of Tart Prickly Pear Sour by Tin Whistle Brewing (5.3% ABV | 10 IBU)
Made with over 250 lbs. of prickly pear cactus fruit, this unique beer is rosy red, tart, and very fruity. Five cents from every can sold will be donated to the Osoyoos Desert Centre to support their conservation and restoration of one of Canada’s most rare, fragile and endangered ecosystems known as “Canada’s Pocket Desert”.
Tin Whistle Brewing can be found on the Penticton Ale Trail.
Big Orange Beer by Torchlight Brewing (5% ABV | 20 IBU)
Named for Nelson’s iconic Big Orange Bridge, or B.O.B as the locals call it, this Nordic wheat ale is stuffed with real natural orange puree, biotransformed hops, and Kveik yeast and is bursting with citrusy flavour.
Torchlight Brewing can be found on the Kootenay Rockies West Ale Trail.
Two summer beers from Trench Brewing:
1000 Peaks Belgian Blood Orange Witbier (5.15% ABV | 15 IBU)
A traditional Belgian-style Witbier with spicy notes complemented by a bright citrus kick from the addition of blood orange.
Intergalactic Mango Pale Ale (5% ABV | 20 IBU)
This bright, fruity mango pale ale was masterfully dry-hopped with the elusive Galaxy hops bursting with citrus notes.
Trench Brewing can be found on the Northern BC Ale Trail.
The Island Hopper Mixed IPA Pack from Vancouver Island Brewing includes:
Farmhouse Double IPA (8.7% ABV | 80 IBU)
A mixed fermentation process gives this beer a spicy and dry finish.
West Coast IPA (7% ABV | 80 IBU)
With its aromas and flavours of citrus and pine, this beer is a toast to the West Coast Trail.
Broken Islands Hazy IPA (6% ABV | 57 IBU)
Bursting with bold citrus aromas and flavours.
Gewurztraminer Galaxy IPA (6.7% ABV | 60 IBU)
This mix-pack exclusive brings together lychee and peach flavours of Gewurztraminer grapes along with passionfruit notes of Galaxy hops.
Vancouver Island Brewing can be found on the Victoria Ale Trail.
To see the full list of new beer releases, and learn where to find them in your neighbourhood, visit the BC Ale Trail website today!
This story originally appeared on bcaletrail.ca